London: Wm. Isbister Limited, 1889. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (9 1/4 x 6 1/4"). xix, , 419, pp (Vol. 1); vi, , 452pp (Vol. 2). Original black-stamped burgundy cloth, with gold lettering to spines, and facsimile of Steele's signature in black to each front cover. Tissue-guarded frontispiece in each volume. Top edges gilt.
Authoritative biography of Richard Steele (1672-1729), the noted Irish writer, playwright, and politician, remembered as co-founder, with his friend Joseph Addison, of the magazine "The Tatler." Includes 6 hors-text plates, genealogical tables, Steels's letters, musical scores, etc..
Some age-wear to bindings with lower front corner of first volume bumped and creased (not affecting pages throughout). Covers somewhat darkened. Offsetting to endpapers. Previous owner's name in ink to each front free endpaper. Closed tear to tissue-guard facing the frontispiece of first volume. Bindings in overall good- to good, interior in very good condition. g- to vg. Item #45525